Cruise update number 1…

The 588 days until a friend and I go on our cruise feels like it’s going to be a long way away but the month when we first booked the cruise with the travel consultant has flown by quickly.

We are going on the Golden Princess from Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, (you know that big island in the southern hemisphere) to New Zealand and back to Adelaide again for an historic round trip cruise, since it will be the first time the Golden Princess has gone from Adelaide to New Zealand.

The cruise departs 8 January 2018 for 17 nights and returns on 25 January 2018 with stops at various ports on both the south and north islands in New Zealand.

I’m looking forward to life on the ship and the visits to the different ports of call. The meeting of people who will be on the cruise as well.

There is so much to do before we leave on our cruise too, like pay for the cruise – doing that by monthly instalments to the travel consultant, organise a birth certificate – I have an extract but that’s not acceptable, organise a passport – first time out of the country, travel insurance. Then there’s what to pack? What’s required to take when you go on a cruise? What do you leave home? What things do people going on a cruise for the first time need to know before you go? All that is part of the fun to the lead up to going but it does make you wonder and ponder those questions, right?

If you have any tips or advice, leave them in the comments below.

All in all, the next 18 months will fly by if the last month is anything to go by.

Until next time



Getting some cooking on…

It’s Nigella Lawson week all this week on Master Chef Australia and I’m loving it!

I have always enjoy Nigella’s cooking style and the food she cooks, it’s relaxed, it’s fun and it’s food you want to try to cook yourself whenever you watch her on tv (not that she’s doing any cooking this week but rather watching and offering advice to the contestants on Master Chef Australia, all of who are home cooks hoping to make cooking their future career in owning their own restaurants, cafe’s, pubs, whatever).

The contestants are enjoying having her around and learning what they can from her as she is a home cook herself and not a trained chef. You can also tell that when she gives her advice that she takes the point of view of the person who will be eating their dishes (which she does as a judge) and offers constructive feedback to the contestants.

I also like the fact that Nigella is honest when tasting the food created by the contestants and when she’s giving them tips or advice. She is not negative but always positive with what she says.

All I can say is well played Master Chef Australia, well played. Having Nigella on the show is a big hit!

Until next time


Winter Favourites…

Remember when in the musical, “The Sound of Music”, when Julie Andrews, AKA Maria Von Trapp, starts singing about her favourite things with all the kids in the bedroom as a thunderstorm is going on outside? Well, here is my list of my favourite things about Winter, as Winter here in Australia starts on the 1st of June and I thought I would share.

I enjoy Winter better than the hot Summer months as for me it’s easier to get warm than it is to get cool.

So on with my favourite things about Winter…

Having soups and stews
The rain on the corrugated iron roof
Knitted scarves and gloves
Warm clothes
Watching the rain fall while all warm indoors
An open fireplace
Laying in a warm bed
Watching TV on a sofa with a blanket on
Jumping in puddles
Writing things on a frosted up window
Drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows
Bon fires
Going to an Australian Rules Football game
Going into the Adelaide Hills and watching the water flow through the streams
Wearing flannelette pajamas
Ugg Boots/slippers
Hot showers
Watching DVD’s on a cold day
Lazy days
Green grass (it’s brown or there’s just dirt in Summer)
Going to a country pub that has an open fireplace for a meal
Porridge with honey on top
Sleeping in on a cold morning
No Summer heat!
(Our Summers can reach well over 40°C or 100F degrees)

These are a few of my favourite Winter things.

What are yours?

Until next time


Cooking 101…

Here I am watching TV, or more to the point, watching Nigella Lawson week on Master Chef Australia.

Say what you like about the lady but she really knows how to cook and she is a real inspiration to the contestants, all of whom are home cooks.

Nigella is so down to earth she doesn’t put on airs and graces and she’s full of advice for the contestants. She’s also great at putting them at ease in her presence, with her being a well known person and all.

So happy that Nigella Lawson is on Master Chef Australia this week because even those of us at home can learn something from watching the show this week.

I also enjoy how she says positive things to the contestants, even when their food isn’t as good as it should be because they got the flavours off or they ran out of time with the challenges.

All I can say is, this week’s Master Chef Australia is going to be mouth watering delicious!

Until next time


I am Sailing on a Cruise…

Recently a friend and I booked to go on a cruise. It’s the first time either of us has ever been on one, so this should be a fun experience.

I’m calling this cruise the “Go hard or stay home” cruise, as it will be 17 nights on the Golden Princess sailing on its first voyage on an Adelaide, South Australia to New Zealand round trip going in January 2018.

Do first time cruisers do 17 night cruises, or do they normally do shorter ones to determine whether they like cruises or not?

Since it is also my first time out of the country, I have to get a passport as well.

I’ll be posting updates on the lead up to the cruise and when I can, I’ll be blogging while on the cruise as well.

Until next time


My First Post…

Hello, welcome to my new blog page. I like to think of writing a blog as talking to yourself but only more fun and cheaper than seeing a shrink or doing some retail therapy.

As people hopefully find this blog and read it, I hope there is something here for everyone to read and respond to.

My writing style is relaxed and casual, like I am talking to a friend over a cup of coffee with a lot of humour thrown in.

So sit back, relax and enjoy the posts I write in this blog.

Welcome to the thoughts that come into my mind.

Until next time